“Women will continue to be discriminated against” as long as “hierarchical, kyriarcal and priestly” Church persists, warns Colombian academic Isabel Corpas de Posada
“Same old moth-eaten” arguments against women deacons, priests and bishops “far from convincing”, decries Dresden academic Julia Enxing
The struggle of women to occupy important positions in the Church took an important step forward this Friday when the last of seven women “apostles” who are asking for equal treatment in the Church in France was received by the apostolic nuncio in that country, Celestino Migliore.
The chairman of the German Bishops has said that the female diaconate is “very legitimate” and has warned that if women leave “the existence of the Church is in danger”.
In Germany, women are already studying to become deacons, arguing that “gender equality and diaconality are indispensable for the future of the Church”.
“When there are more women in positions of responsibility in the Church, there will be less abuse”, a would-be female archbishop has affirmed.
A German archbishop and an Austrian bishop are seeking more debate on the ordination of women, saying that on that question “the discussion is still alive”.
With Pope Francis’ 2013 arrival to the pontificate, fresh air came into the Church. The air became less rarefied and we saw a pope closer to the people.
For the first time in history, the number of female clergy in the Church of Sweden has surpassed that of their male counterparts, the Church newspaper Kyrkans Tidning reported.
The vice-provincial of the Pallottine German-Austrian province has called for women’s ordination and part-time married priests, reasoning that “something must change” in the Church as a response to a new call from God and to stop the hemorrhage of faithful.
On the women deacons issue, a US expert has said that the Pope is waiting for a more forceful demand for that ministry to come from the faithful.
Cardinal Michael Czerny, the under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, celebrated the ordination mass Sunday of 18 deacons and two priests, members of the Society of Jesus, in the Church of the Gesù in Rome.
“Why not include women in the college of cardinals?”, a member of the new Vatican female deacons commission has asked.
A member of the Vatican female deacons commission has warned of the danger of a Church “where women exist only in the imagination of men, far from the difficult but life-giving test of relationship”.
“Most Catholics, starting with the Pope, favour a recognition of the role of women” in the Church, a member of the new Vatican female deacons commission has affirmed.
The new Pope Video has just been published, as it is each month, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.